They Never Had It So Good: The Personal, Unofficial Story of the 350th Bombardment Squadron (H), 100th Bombardment Group (H) USAAF, 1942-1945 by Jack W. Sheridan.
"FOREWORD This is the story of the 350th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) who, in company with the 349th, 35lst, and 418th Bombardment Squadrons, comprised the 100th Bombardment Group (Heavy), United States Army Air Force, and who, in its time, did some of the work that brought Germany to her knees.
I was tempted at first to say that the story that follows is simply a story of a squadron, a story that must have been mirrored in the lives of thousands of persons in the Air Force all over the world. And yet, looking back over the years between, I know that is not quite right. Because the 350th had something different.
It wasn't esprit de corps, because most units have that loyalty and pride and affection for their work and their accomplishments. It was something one can't exactly explain. A greater, more powerful love and pride in each other as men and because of it a fiercer, more deeply-rooted pride in their accomplishments and achievements.
It was the affection they felt for each other that was greater than their achievements.
The story that is told here is my own attempt to tell of that life we had together. The achievements are all there; the missions, the heroisms, the honors. But they are only a part of the story. Because the real thing wasn't in the sky at all. It was in the Mess Halls, in the barracks, along the lanes, out on the fields of England. It was the things that happened on the ground that made the sky a natural path to triumph.
It is for all the men, the skymen and the ground men, that this book is written and it is to them that it is dedicated."
Part I— October 1942 to May 1943 1
Part 2— May 1943 to June 1943 42
Part 3— June 1943 to October 1943 57
Part 4— October 1943 to May 1945 96
Part 5— May 1945 to Autumn 1945 151
Index: Original Cadre 160
Index: Loading Lists for Overseas, Air and Ground 160
Index: Original Ships 162
Index: Combat Operational Sorties 162
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